The foundress of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, Marie Madeleine Victoire de Bonnault d’Houet was born in France in 1781. She was an apostolic woman who dedicated her life and resources to establishing the FCJ Society. Foremost among the tasks entrusted to her and through her to us, is the pastoral care and education of youth.
At the invitation of Brother Walsh, Superior of the Christian Brothers, the Foundress came to Limerick from Oughterard on the 5th. of September, 1844. With the Bishop’s permission, in the summer of 1845, she opened a day and boarding school in the property of Laurel Hill which she had purchased from the Newsom family. San bhliain 1935, nuair a bhí an Rialtas ag déanamh iarracht ár dteanga dúchais a fhorbairt, bunaíodh an ‘Scoil A’. Múintear na hábhair trí mheán na Gaeilge sa scoil seo. Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, as we are now named, and Laurel Hill Secondary School entered the Free Education Scheme in 1967 and both schools expanded significantly. We no longer educate boarders since 1985. The FCJ sisters, the trustees of our school, have vested the management of the school in a Board of Management since 1997 and currently the teaching staff is entirely lay. September 2009 marks the beginning of another new era as the school enters the Le Cheile Trust.
The aim of our school is to co-operate with parents in fostering the full and balanced development of the girls entrusted to our care so that each one may realise and bring to fulfillment her own special talents and unique personality.
Our school ethos is one in which:
- Christian values are of paramount importance.
- A strong sense of community prevails.
- The self-esteem and self-worth of each person is realised.
- Students are educated for responsible citizenship.
- Respect for the environment is of primary concern.
The ethic of hard work is encouraged.
- The Irish Language, heritage and culture are promoted.
- Academic and educational excellence are attainable.
As we fully realise the interdependence of home and school in education, we encourage close co-operation between parents and staff. In this way we hope to provide a harmonious environment for the young people in our care.